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Best Albums of the 1950s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
1950653,466 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,475th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,338 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,544 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,685 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
19541469,451 Chet Baker Sings (1,246th)
by Chet Baker
195521812,826 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630434,126 Elvis Presley (422nd)
by Elvis Presley
195739039,395 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195840533,867 Lady In Satin (714th)
by Billie Holiday
1959408100,574 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,270248,272

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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11.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:3,057
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:820
Average Rating:  81/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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12.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,003
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  79/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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13.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:2,974
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  81/100 (331 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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14.

Chuck Berry Is On TopUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1959Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,812
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:874
Average Rating:  79/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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15.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,708
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:907
Average Rating:  82/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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16.

Moanin' In The Moonlight
Compilation
United States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1959Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1959:7Rank Score:2,581
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:956
Average Rating:  80/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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17.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,398
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:1,024
Average Rating:  81/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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18.

The "Chirping" CricketsUnited States The Crickets
Year of Release:1957Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1957:5Rank Score:2,232
Rank in 1950s18Overall Rank:1,100
Average Rating:  79/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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19.

Buddy HollyUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1958:3Rank Score:2,023
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,193
Average Rating:  79/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,996
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,206
Average Rating:  79/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 751 75%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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